Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3738   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spciale" (The Special), this beer is the most recent production. The Rochefort 8 has a more tawny colour and a more pronounced aroma, with an even richer fruitiness (a slight undertone of fig?) and a little more spiced dryness, like that of a cake, which gives a balanced finish to the final notes.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8519) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Deep brown with a moderate, tan head. Aroma of plain chocolate with malt and preserved dark fruit. Flavour also suggested chocolate, but was marred by a suggestion of cornflour and a cloying, sweet finish. Good but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daniele (8911) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
scura note di frutta secca ne dolce ne amaro lelevato grado alcolico non si fa sentire

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Rated 7/20/07. Pour is a brown cola color with a beautiful, frothy, creamy, off-white head. The head leaves behind a thick lacing that virtually covers the entire glass. I did notice some sediment at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is not strong, by any means. It is masked at first by the pillowy head, but it eventually opens up to reveal some dark fruit and cola-like smells. The flavor is like a mix of sodas (root beer, cream soda, and Coca-Cola all come to mind), but with some smooth cream and brown sugar mixed in. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. I could drink this beer all day, if I could afford it. Good show! Cant wait to try the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours red with a huge frothy/fizzy white head that lasts for a long time with very good lacing. Looking through the glass there are very large particles and very muddy looking. The aroma is of straw with a belgian yeast aroma. The flavor was of straw, with the definitive belgian yeastyness, a banana/rasiny flavor. The body was light to medium with a dry and oily texture and fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Defreni (3139) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2007
Flaske. Den perfekte l. Drukket til mit bryllup, og hver eneste gang den smages viser den en ny side af sig selv. Sidste gang var det ndder og portvin, denne gang en let syrlig karamel. Fantastisk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Deep mahogany brown with a creamy, lingering head. Nose is mostly dark and dried fruit. Plums, rasins and figs. Subtle hints of chocolate, dry red wine, brandy, and spice. Medium to full bodied with a surprisingly mild draw and a nice dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Pours a deep reddish brown with a soft, small, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of plum. Taste is heavy plum up front, with the sugar and caramel characteristics coming in toward the end. Great, complex beer, and another hit from the Rochefort abbey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JUL 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Dark brown, nice disappearing head. Nice crisp carbonation bubble. Sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. Flavors of plum, yeast, hops, raisin. Fabulous

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Stupenda, sarebbe un po riduttivo crederla davvero una cugina della 10 perch il paragone abbastanza difficile, e questa rischierebbe di sfigurare senza motivo. Bevuta al 501 un paio di sere fa dopo che mi avevano erroneamente (per fortuna) detto che era esaurita.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Sweet caramel, brown sugar aroma, hints of molasses and chocolate, with some vanilla, slight signs of figs and dark fruits. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin but solid off white head. Smooth and sweet, malty, caramel, molasses, figs, dates, dark dried fruits, has a little bite and finishes pretty dry. GREAT BEER.

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